Top 10 restaurants in Long Beach, United States

April 14, 2018 Terina Blouin

For some, a tour of the Queen Mary, docked here since its retirement in 1967, evokes waves of nostalgia for the days of the huge ocean liner with its opulent rooms, 1930s deco décor and teakwood decks. Others, particularly the younger set, are entranced by the spine-tingling haunted ship stories on the nighttime ghost tour. But for everyone, a visit to this floating hotel and museum is a must on any trip to Long Beach. At one time a less-than-appealing place to visit, Long Beach has transformed itself into an upscale tourist resort, with many waterfront attractions, including a new, state-of-the-art aquarium with a fabulous shark exhibit, two excellent art museums, charming shops, public golf courses, the annual April Grand Prix international auto race and lots of recreational activities along its eight-mile stretch of beach. Take the kids to the waterfront entertainment complex with rides and live performances or to the farming demonstrations at Rancho Los Alamitos. Feeling romantic? Cruise the canals of Naples (that's right, Naples Island in Long Beach) in a genuine Venetian gondola. One thing is for sure: tensions and stresses dissolve in this laid-back, friendly city.
Things to do in Long Beach

1. Nick's on 2nd

4901 E 2nd St, At corner of St. Joseph, Long Beach, CA 90803-5319 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards Steakhouse, Seafood, American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night SGD 14 - SGD 41 +1 562-856-9000
Excellent
74%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 549 reviews

Nick's on 2nd

Classic American comfort food, crave-able bar snacks, plus unique cocktails & an extensive wine list in an upscale yet casual environment. Nick's is located in the heart of Belmont Shore on 2nd st. Our intimate restaurant features a chic island bar, walls of glass and a spacious outdoor patio, perfect for people watching. Our exhibition kitchen highlights the talents of our passionate culinary team.

Reviewed By Lynn F - Parkland, FL

This small, unassuming place takes reservations and you definitely need them!! They have indoor and outside patio seating. We went here on a chilly evening so we opted for an inside booth. Good choice!! The waitress was delightful and helped us with suggestions. The tuna tartar was recommended and we surely see why. It was fabulous and a generous portion. Next time, I might make that my main meal. Speaking of main meals, we ordered the Hake and the Salmon. Both were tasty and cooked to perfection. The sides were good. I'm not sure I can come up with a word to best describe the warm butter cake for dessert. WOW!!! OUTRAGEOUS!!! SCRUMPTIOUS!! It was one of the best desserts we have ever had!! Simple, yet textures and taste that left us talking about this dessert for weeks!! My husband has even tried to find out how to make it, all to no avail. We ate here almost 3 weeks ago and we will forever remeber Nick's for the dessert. Maybe we'll have to come all the way from South Florida again just for the dessert!!

2. Open Sesame

5215 E 2nd St, Long Beach, CA 90803-5316 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Lebanese, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night SGD 9 - SGD 34 +1 562-621-1698
Excellent
63%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 385 reviews

Open Sesame

Reviewed By Kenneth Q - Long Beach

My co-workers and I tried the lunch special for take out.....everyone was quite happy with the flavors and quality of the food and service. Sydney helped us as we picked up everything, explaining all the add ins and sides, she was a delight......the fried potatoes are delicious along with our pita sandwiches. The chicken shwarma is fantastic.

3. Utopia

445 E 1st St, East Village Art District, Long Beach, CA 90802-4905 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards Italian, American, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly Dinner, Drinks, Lunch, Late Night SGD 13 - SGD 33 +1 562-432-6888
Excellent
65%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 182 reviews

Utopia

Utopia Good Food & Fine Art is an oasis in downtown&apos;s East Village of Long Beach, California. It is a gathering place where busy people can find a casual, comfortable and creative environment. Utopia&apos;s good food feeds your body. Its&apos; fine art feeds your soul. Utopia Good Food & Fine Art is fully committed to engage our customers with renewed energy, an enhanced personal standard of service, and a menu that reflects our cultural diversity. Utopia Good Food & Fine Art strives to be a first choice destination for residents and visitors who appreciate value for the price without sacrificing standards of taste, atmosphere and service. The restaurant has enjoyed the overwhelming support of the artist, gay & Lesbian community, as well as deep loyalty from countless neighborhood customers.<br><br>For reservations, go to our Yelp page!

Reviewed By LouisvilleGuy

We four chanced upon Utopia on an otherwise busy Saturday night. Although we had no reservations, our table was well-situated. The Japanese eggplant got us off to a fine beginning with four thumbs up. Our entrees included beef risotto, penne arabiata, with two of our...MoreThank you for your feedback. We appreciate your input. Thank you trying J. Eggplant. This is one of our popular appetizers. Happy holiday!

4. George's Greek Cafe

135 Pine Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802-4415 Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards Mediterranean, Greek, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night SGD 13 - SGD 21 +1 562-437-1184
Excellent
62%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 809 reviews

George's Greek Cafe

George&apos;s Greek Cafe welcomes you to "a little piece of Greece in Southern California." Our family-owned business is here to provide you with high quality food, craft cocktails, and an authentic Greek dining experience. Our restaurant has remained a favorite among the locals for one reason: we never compromise on our promise to provide fresh and delicious meals in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. We continue to follow Mama Rodou&apos;s recipes, which were passed down to her from her grandmother. We use only the finest imported ingredients, such as first cold pressed extra virgin olive oil from Greece and premium, hormone-free, grass-fed lamb from New Zealand. We want to extend an open invitation to you to dine at one of our restaurants. Whether you&apos;re looking to impress a date with an intimate wine tasting, reconnecting with family over Saganaki Flaming Cheese and lamb chops, or planning the perfect wedding reception for 500 of your closest friends, we are here for you. Come in, and feel like part of the family. OPA!

Reviewed By Hugh S

Saw George’s on Trip Advisor while on a visit to the Queen and the Aquarium. We often consider the sources when reading reviews, but let us tell you, this restaurant has excellent food and service. After wonderful appetizers of saganaki and dolmathis (and of course a glass of wine along with).

Two of us each ordered the lamb chops (4 per plate...see pic..are more than enough), and the third ordered shrimp souvlaki. Just wow on all of it; loaded with veggies, rice pilaf, pita with tsadziki sauce, all entrees had to be eaten slowly to relish the flavor. The management and the cooks obviously pay much attention to detail. We topped it off with galaktoboureko (delicious traditional custard dish), and a small plate with a more delicious melomakarona, a kourambiethes, and a koulourakia. We ended with coffee that was not run-of-the-mill at all, and what a perfect evening on the heated patio. The bill was very reasonable for all we received, and we were thanked as we left. Beat that.

5. L'Opera Ristorante

101 Pine Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802-4415 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Valet Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Private Dining, Wine and Beer, Accepts Credit Cards Seafood, Italian, Wine Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Drinks SGD 39 - SGD 66 +1 562-491-0066
Excellent
61%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 331 reviews

L'Opera Ristorante

Reviewed By KEH1953 - Ottawa, Canada

Attended a business function with 12 people and treated to a wonderful meal at L'Opera. Very personable staff, nice atmosphere. Everyone enjoyed their food choices and appetizers. My sea bass was very tasty; the risotto looked really good too.

6. The Sky Room

The Breakers Building 15th Floor, 40 S Locust Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802 Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Late Night SGD 31 - SGD 59 +1 562-983-2703
Excellent
62%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 254 reviews

The Sky Room

The Sky Room is located on the 15th floor of the Historic Breakers building (built in 1926). The Sky Room is considered one of the best restaurants in Long Beach. W have been awarded the top 100 most romantic restaurants in the nation. The Sky Room boasts and art deco dinning room with scenic ocean and city views. The Sky Room is a restaurant meant for seafood and steak lovers, sourcing all natural meat products, fresh wild seafood, and farm to table organic produce. You will find live music on the weekends, a craft cocktail bar with mixologists on staff, an extensive award winning wine list with sommelier service, and a rooftop lounge (The Up Lounge) and wine bar (Wine Down Lounge) located on the lobby level. The Sky Room offers private and semi-private dining for: large parties, wedding ceremonies and receptions, social and corporate functions. Please come join us for an unforgettable dining experience.

Reviewed By LRosemary1

Friends and I had our annual Christmas/Holiday dinner here. The view was ok where we sat, other areas have a much better view. We were a group of 5 and were sat next to a wall not a window . The window tables are for parties of two. The service was great. The food was good. Overall we had a good time. Nice historic 1920’s Long Beach Building. The lobby has pictures from the 20’s.

7. Pier 76 Fish Grill

95 Pine Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802-4707 Validated Parking, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Accepts Credit Cards American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 10 - SGD 33 +1 562-983-1776
Excellent
58%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 383 reviews

Pier 76 Fish Grill

Reviewed By Jennifer H - Missoula

Really, really, really good food. Order at the counter, amazing food delivered to your table in a few minutes. The Brussels and broccoli appetizer is amazing. My daughters loved the clam chowder and the fish tacos. My Yellowtail fish was perfectly cooked and delicious with an herb butter sauce. Great value, attentive service, great food!

8. Sir Winston's Restaurant & Lounge

1126 Queens Hwy, Long Beach, CA 90802-6331 Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Valet Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Reservations Dinner, Late Night SGD 52 - SGD 131 +1 562-435-3511
Excellent
64%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 415 reviews

Sir Winston's Restaurant & Lounge

Five-star dining at its finest, Sir Winston&apos;s Restaurant & Lounge is a Long Beach restaurant that boasts impeccable service, a gourmet menu, an extensive wine list and an unmatched ambiance. With stunning seaside views from nearly every seat, Sir Winston&apos;s Restaurant & Lounge is perfect for special occasions and everyday enjoyment. At Sir Winston&apos;s you don&apos;t just eat, you dine.

Reviewed By Stacy R

The selection is based around french cuisine and honestly, delicious!!! The wait staff were very knowledgeable and gave great recommendations of what to try. You do need to dress 'Smart Casual' as this truly does feel like a fine dining experience on here.

9. The Breakfast Bar

70 Atlantic Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802-5202 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +1 562-726-1700
Excellent
55%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 289 reviews

The Breakfast Bar

Reviewed By Susan and Phyl T - Silver Spring, Maryland

Stopped here on a cross-country trip before picking up our car at the docks in the port. W had a fantastic breakfast and excellent coffee. They had gluten free options too! It was ready quickly as well and the food tasted great. Staff was excellent trained as well. Would go back if in the area.

10. 555 East American Steakhouse

555 E Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90802-5003 Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi American, Steakhouse, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night SGD 52 - SGD 66 +1 562-437-0626
Excellent
61%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 393 reviews

555 East American Steakhouse

Reviewed By Stevezl

I looked forward to this meal, but ultimately the steak was disappointing. It was undercooked the NY Strip was very fatty. The chateaubriand was not as buttery compared to others I have had. The only steak that was excellent was the ribeye. The service was not what befits a restaurant that you are spending more than $120pp. We had a young girl that was not capable of providing excellent service. Water glasses and wine glasses constantly empty. I could have had and expect a better meal at those prices!

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